Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Broken Adirondack Chair Makeover

Time and time again I've mentioned how people like to give me stuff. Stuff otherwise destined for the dump. Sometimes I take it and it ends up in the dump anyway, but often times I figure out something to do with it.
When my friend, Karen, brought me this back of a broken Adirondack chair, I immediately thought it should be painted and placed in a flower bed.
When I looked at it I saw a flag. So I started painting it with Barn Red from The Dixie Belle Paint Company...
and Fluff...
and Yankee Blue...


and more Fluff for stars...

When the paint was dry, I gave it a good sanding...

It would have been fine if I stopped there, but to age it a little more, I added Dixie Belle glaze. I started with the color Grunge, then added Van Dyke Brown, and finished it off with Black...


I added Dixie Belle clear wax to seal it. 
I think it's the perfect Patriotic addition to the garden.

It looks a lot better there than in the dump!

Monday, May 9, 2016

The Preppy Elephant

I was recently in an antique mall where an interior designer has a booth where she sells scrap and sample fabrics. She had this pink and green sample for sale for only $1. I knew it was the perfect size to cover a chair seat.It reminded of my college days in the early 80's and the preppy style.

Then, I came across this piano bench. Another bargain at $8.75.

I knew that I could give the base of the bench a fresh coat of white paint and it would go with the fabric. But, I was hoping that I could use Limeade from The Dixie Belle Paint Company. I was thrilled when it matched perfectly!


A match made in preppy heaven!


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Pinterest Inspired Concrete Necklaces

Pinterest provides us with such great inspiration. And, when I saw some necklaces made using concrete, I knew I had to make some.

I mixed up some Rockite cement and poured it into a silicone mold. I waited for it to dry then popped the concrete out of the mold...


I placed painters tape around the "jewels" and then added copper leaf...



A jewelry bail and pretty chain finish them off to create a unique necklace!

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  Someday Crafts, Sew Much A Do, Ginger Snap CraftsCreations By KaraRae Gun Ramblings, Ivy & Elephants,   Seven Thirty Three The Shabby Creek Cottage, Seven AliveBear Rabbit Bear Crafts, Made In A Day, Katherine's Corner, Redoux, Chic On a ShoestringSimply Sweet Home, The Shabby NestMomnivore's Dilema, Somewhat Simple,   Live Laugh Rowe, Have A Daily Cup Of Mrs OlsonTruly LovelyThe Cottage Market,  Funky Junk Interiors,  Tatertots & Jello,   Blissful & Domestic, A Vision To Remember, Boogieboard Cottage,  DIY Showoff, Craft-O-Maniac,  Under The Table and Dreaming, Keeping It Simple, Homemaker On A Dime, I Should Be Mopping The Floor, The Dedicated House Coastal Charm, Reasons To Skip The Housework, Sugar Bee Crafts,  Nifty Thrifty Things, Cherished Bliss, A Bowl Full Of LemonsMad In Crafts, Flour Me With Love, Not Just A HousewifeToday's Creative Blog, Tip Junkie Homework, Kammy's KornerI Gotta CreateThrifty 101 Domestically Speaking,  C.R.A.F.T., The Answer Is Chocolate, Skip To My LouThe Thrifty HomeAdorned From AboveCedar Hill Ranch, Classy Clutter, Flutter BusterTwelve O Eight, Nap Time Creations, The Shady Porch, JoJo And Eloise, Hope In Every Season, The Foley FamHouse Of HoffOur Home Away From Home, Living Well Spending Less, Remodelaholic, A Lived In Home, Flamingo ToesVMG206 Finding Silver Pennies, Mad Cap Frenzy Gingerly Made,  Pink Heels Pink TruckMinnette's MazeMade To Be A Momma Start At HomeLil Mrs ToriHomecomingThe Vintage FarmhousePink Recipe BoxSweet HauteTable For SevenBe BetsyIt Happens In A BlinkOne Dog Woof, 4 You With Love, A Stroll Thru LifeA Bright And Beautiful LifeCrafty Goodies Live Love CreateThe Koenigs CreateBloom Designs,French Country Cottage, Daisy Cottage Designs, Orchard Girls, Elizabeth Joan Designs, The Scoop, Stone Gable, Knick Of Time, Lou Lou Girls, Karen's Up On The Hill, Friday's Furniture Fix, DIY-Crush, Patina Paradise, Charm Bracelet Diva,


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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Inspirational Art


I write a monthly craft & DIY article for a local magazine. And, each month there is a theme for the magazine. I try to create a project that goes along with the theme, but sometimes it's hard!
The theme for the April issue was Focus On Fitness
What craft project goes along with that?!!! You may think of something right away, but this one took me a minute!
I decided to create art to inspire people just to get started on their fitness goals. Because for me, getting started is always the hardest part.

Supplies:
Frame
Paint
Rulers/yardsticks
Rag
Scrabble Tiles
Glue Gun

I painted a thrift store frame with black paint. I then cut yardsticks to fit in the frame.

I used a damp rag to add a wash of paint to the rulers. Doing a wash instead of painting the rulers allows the measurements and words to show through.


I used a hot glue gun to add the rulers to the frame. 
I settled on an inspirational quote, then I laid out Scrabble tiles onto the framed rulers to determine the layout.

I used a hot glue gun to glue down the tiles...

Wherever you need to find inspiration, this art will remind you to just get started!
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Linking To:
  Someday Crafts, Sew Much A Do, Ginger Snap CraftsCreations By KaraRae Gun Ramblings, Ivy & Elephants,   Seven Thirty Three The Shabby Creek Cottage, Seven AliveBear Rabbit Bear Crafts, Made In A Day, Katherine's Corner, Redoux, Chic On a ShoestringSimply Sweet Home, The Shabby NestMomnivore's Dilema, Somewhat Simple,   Live Laugh Rowe, Have A Daily Cup Of Mrs OlsonTruly LovelyThe Cottage Market,  Funky Junk Interiors,  Tatertots & Jello,   Blissful & Domestic, A Vision To Remember, Boogieboard Cottage,  DIY Showoff, Craft-O-Maniac,  Under The Table and Dreaming, Keeping It Simple, Homemaker On A Dime, I Should Be Mopping The Floor, The Dedicated House Coastal Charm, Reasons To Skip The Housework, Sugar Bee Crafts,  Nifty Thrifty Things, Cherished Bliss, A Bowl Full Of LemonsMad In Crafts, Flour Me With Love, Not Just A HousewifeToday's Creative Blog, Tip Junkie Homework, Kammy's KornerI Gotta CreateThrifty 101 Domestically Speaking,  C.R.A.F.T., The Answer Is Chocolate, Skip To My LouThe Thrifty HomeAdorned From AboveCedar Hill Ranch, Classy Clutter, Flutter BusterTwelve O Eight, Nap Time Creations, The Shady Porch, JoJo And Eloise, Hope In Every Season, The Foley FamHouse Of HoffOur Home Away From Home, Living Well Spending Less, Remodelaholic, A Lived In Home, Flamingo ToesVMG206 Finding Silver Pennies, Mad Cap Frenzy Gingerly Made,  Pink Heels Pink TruckMinnette's MazeMade To Be A Momma Start At HomeLil Mrs ToriHomecomingThe Vintage FarmhousePink Recipe BoxSweet HauteTable For SevenBe BetsyIt Happens In A BlinkOne Dog Woof, 4 You With Love, A Stroll Thru LifeA Bright And Beautiful LifeCrafty Goodies Live Love CreateThe Koenigs CreateBloom Designs,French Country Cottage, Daisy Cottage Designs, Orchard Girls, Elizabeth Joan Designs, The Scoop, Stone Gable, Knick Of Time, Lou Lou Girls, Karen's Up On The Hill, Friday's Furniture Fix, DIY-Crush, Patina Paradise, Charm Bracelet Diva,


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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

DIY Phone Case Makeover

Don't throw away those worn out cell phone cases. 
Give them a makeover!

The design had started to wear off of my case, but otherwise, the case was fine...

Rather than throw it away, I gave it a coat of Dixie Belle Paint in the color, Apricot...


After 2 coats of the Apricot had dried, I added painters tape and then painted on some Pure Ocean...


Once the Pure Ocean was dry, I added more painters tape...
then I added the Dixie Belle Goo and Gold Shine...



Of course, I couldn't stop there!
I added Dixie Belle Clear Coat over the Apricot and while it was wet, I sprinkled on a little gold glitter...
Once the clear coat dried and the glitter was set, I went over the entire case with Clear Coat.
Voila! Another item saved from the landfill!

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Linking To:
  Someday Crafts, Sew Much A Do, Ginger Snap CraftsCreations By KaraRae Gun Ramblings, Ivy & Elephants,   Seven Thirty Three The Shabby Creek Cottage, Seven AliveBear Rabbit Bear Crafts, Made In A Day, Katherine's Corner, Redoux, Chic On a ShoestringSimply Sweet Home, The Shabby NestMomnivore's Dilema, Somewhat Simple,   Live Laugh Rowe, Have A Daily Cup Of Mrs OlsonTruly LovelyThe Cottage Market,  Funky Junk Interiors,  Tatertots & Jello,   Blissful & Domestic, A Vision To Remember, Boogieboard Cottage,  DIY Showoff, Craft-O-Maniac,  Under The Table and Dreaming, Keeping It Simple, Homemaker On A Dime, I Should Be Mopping The Floor, The Dedicated House Coastal Charm, Reasons To Skip The Housework, Sugar Bee Crafts,  Nifty Thrifty Things, Cherished Bliss, A Bowl Full Of LemonsMad In Crafts, Flour Me With Love, Not Just A HousewifeToday's Creative Blog, Tip Junkie Homework, Kammy's KornerI Gotta CreateThrifty 101 Domestically Speaking,  C.R.A.F.T., The Answer Is Chocolate, Skip To My LouThe Thrifty HomeAdorned From AboveCedar Hill Ranch, Classy Clutter, Flutter BusterTwelve O Eight, Nap Time Creations, The Shady Porch, JoJo And Eloise, Hope In Every Season, The Foley FamHouse Of HoffOur Home Away From Home, Living Well Spending Less, Remodelaholic, A Lived In Home, Flamingo ToesVMG206 Finding Silver Pennies, Mad Cap Frenzy Gingerly Made,  Pink Heels Pink TruckMinnette's MazeMade To Be A Momma Start At HomeLil Mrs ToriHomecomingThe Vintage FarmhousePink Recipe BoxSweet HauteTable For SevenBe BetsyIt Happens In A BlinkOne Dog Woof, 4 You With Love, A Stroll Thru LifeA Bright And Beautiful LifeCrafty Goodies Live Love CreateThe Koenigs CreateBloom Designs,French Country Cottage, Daisy Cottage Designs, Orchard Girls, Elizabeth Joan Designs, The Scoop, Stone Gable, Knick Of Time, Lou Lou Girls, Karen's Up On The Hill, Friday's Furniture Fix, DIY-Crush, Patina Paradise, Charm Bracelet Diva,


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